Life in Yuanyang. Our local guide took us back to his house where his wife cooked for us before leaving for another rice paddy shoot. Besides working in the field, street market and construction sites, women were also running home based restaurants where tourists would gather during lunch hours. This becomes a source of income during peak travel season. When we arrived, his wife was carrying their son on her back and cutting up vegetables outside their kitchen. His two daughters were smiling with pure innocence, the kind of joy we need today. ✨ #natxchina
Who’s up for some glamping in Scotland at @glenappcastle? Me! 🙋🏻♀️ Read about the latest luxury travel trends, including the recent outcropping of tented camp experiences far from ordinary, in @thesmartflyer’s latest blog post. Contributed to by yours truly. 💁🏻♀️ Link in bio! 🏕
Ever wondered what it would be like to hike through Mexico’s southern jungle?
For the past five days, I was lucky enough to experience a multi-day trek that only a handful of people have completed to date. The adventure pushed me to my limits in more ways than I imagined, but it also showed me a part of Mexico that I didn’t know existed - and, as the guys at @caminocopalita promised me it would, the trail has only deepened my understanding and love for this beautiful, yet complicated, country.
Follow along this week as I share more on this epic journey along the mysterious #CopalitaTrail (spoiler: it’s not all cute pics of me staring off in the distance. The pain was real, so I’ll be sharing that side too!)
Sometimes hump day calls for 🔝 the French 75 is in our cocktail Rolodex—it’s a delightful concoction of of gin, Champagne, lemon juice and sugar, and dates back to 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris. ✨ Come on in and have a few and stay for hand rolls at the bar at 9pm. Let’s do this! photo @emmakmorris 🙌
Ive been wanting to do a Churchview Farm event for a while. Although not a dinner, the happy hour series is quite fun (with how fast they sell out I will take whatever I can snag!). This is a gorgeous spread from one of our favorites- Bitter Ends!
The thrill of discovery! With @heykelseyj / @nomadict: Nowadays you are combining travel with photography. How does these two things combined make you feel?
@heykelseyj: Honestly, traveling on a budget is hard. You get hardly any sleep, are usually living in a hostel or camper van, and are camping all the time. It’s not the easiest conditions to live in constantly, but I love it. Because it all comes together and is more than worth it when you have those huge moments, those unforgettable memories that you’re going to remember forever. Specific times that you’d never have even imagined otherwise. They are few and far between, but I feel like I’ve had these awestruck moments in every country I’ve been to.
For example, one of those moments for me was hiking to Preikestolen in Norway for sunrise.
It was a tough uphill hike in pitch black in order to get there, and we made it just in time to see the most incredible sunrise. It felt euphoric..I literally cried it was so beautiful!
Those are the moments in life that I’m constantly chasing when I travel. And better, yet, I get to preserve them in time forever with photography.
@nomadict: Do you find landscape photography to be a challenge?
@heykelseyj: I feel like what makes landscape photography so interesting is that it’s so much of a challenge to get the perfect shot. Honestly, I’m a competitive person and I get bored really easily, so landscape and travel photography its a good way to always push myself. For example, I got into camping and backpacking because of specific photos I wanted to take that required it. Now I love doing both, but I wouldn’t even consider attempting these two activities a few years back.
What makes landscapes tough is that you need to reach a destination that could be half the world away, in the middle of nowhere, etc. so you have to figure out how to get there. Then, you have to hope you get the perfect weather conditions or else you’ll have to wait there for days just to get one shot. But it’s the crazy journey behind getting that shot that makes it so interesting. And the challenge it took to get it makes it so rewarding in the end!
A perfect sunrise in New Zealand. While the others slept, me and @yann__b decided to take his van out for a spin on the photogenic roads around Mount Cook. This little adventure was well worth the early wake up call.
There's a new blog post up on our blog about our first visit to The Cotswolds. Including more information on this cosy hotel 👆(which was one of our favourite stays in the UK so far) and how we got around without hiring a car - link is in our bio-